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1 Undergraduate Progress
Lydia Jackson-Fryer Stephanie Anderson Ciera Clay Valian Jennifer Volpe Pat Toliver Justin Ternent Pheng Xiong

2 Undergraduate Progress
Transfer Credit Transfer Process and Policies VOT and Course Descriptions Study Abroad Degree Audit Mechanics of the Audit Exceptions and Substitutions Reviewing Audits Graduation Phase One – Application Phase Two – Reviews Phase Three - Communication

3 Glossary TCR-Transfer Credit Report
MHEC-Maryland Higher Education Commission USM-University System of Maryland VOT-Verification of Transferability TES-Transfer Evaluation System (course review system/articulation database) ARTSYS-The articulation system for MD colleges and universities Initial term of enrollment/Point of transfer- First term of active enrollment at UMBC GenEd-General Education requirements

4 New! Transfer Evaluation System (TES) ARTSYS
TES is the new articulation system that allows for public access to our transfer rules and the online submission and review of course descriptions. Public View should be available before December 1st For more information about TES please go to ARTSYS ARTSYS has a new look We are now in the process of updating Recommended Transfer Programs (RTPs). Please contact Stephanie Anderson for assistance. These are due before November 21st

5 New! Test Credit Review Montgomery College Catalog Changes
We will be asking Articulation Coordinators to check the Appendix II for any updates that need to be made. Montgomery College Catalog Changes MC has changed all of the course codes as of fall Most courses have not changed content; however, many new courses have been added. We will be sending courses out for review soon. Bachelor’s Degree from USM Schools As of fall 2014, if a returning student has obtained a degree from a USM school prior to returning to UMBC, the remainder of the GenEds will be waived. This is an update from the previous rule that stated GenEds were only waived if the degree was obtained prior to the first semester at UMBC.

6 Policies Updated Within the Last Year
Residency Rule Students must complete at least 30 credits of course work at UMBC to receive a UMBC degree. Of the 30 credits in residence, 15 must be upper-level (courses numbered at the 300-level or above). Study Abroad As of summer 2013, Study Abroad courses are now considered inter-campus study and count toward the UMBC GPA. Students are also allowed to study abroad in the second semester of the final year. Just to Clarify… Writing Intensive cannot be waived. It must be taken at UMBC; study abroad and inter-institutional coursework cannot satisfy the requirement.

7 Transfer Credit: Types of Transfer Credit
Test Scores Advanced Placement (AP) College-Level Exam Program (CLEP) International Baccalaureate (IB) College-level coursework Two-year colleges and universities Four-year colleges and universities International colleges and universities (including study abroad not taken through the UMBC program)

8 Transfer Credit: Transfer Process
Receipt of OFFICIAL transcripts from previous schools in Admissions Schools must be regionally accredited AP & CLEP Exam Scores directly from College Board IB Exam Scores directly from International Baccalaureate International Credentials must be accompanied by an AACRAO foreign credential evaluation Students do not receive a Transfer Credit Report (TCR) until they are admitted

9 Transfer Credit: Transfer Policies
Maximum credits transferred to UMBC 60 credits from Community Colleges 65 credits for Engineering Majors only 64 credits for Associate of Arts in Teaching (MD Colleges only) 90 total credits maximum The Degree Audit advising tool will enforce these limits Transfer credit does not factor into the UMBC GPA Need C or better for course to transfer Exception: Maryland Community Colleges and USM schools prior to enrollment at UMBC

10 Transfer Credit: Transfer Policies
Physical Education courses do not count towards the 120 academic credits for graduation Courses are posted as zero credits Writing Intensive course requirement must be fulfilled at UMBC This includes Inter-Institutional and Study Abroad coursework Direct equivalencies are applied to 120, upper level and major, if applicable, but student must take another WI course A lower-level course that is equivalent to a 300 or 400 level course at UMBC will count towards the 45 upper level credit requirement Ex: CH 203 at Montgomery College transfers as CHEM 351 Coursework will retain the level designation when a direct equivalent is not available

11 Transfer Credit: Understanding the TCR
Four types of transfer courses: Direct equivalency UMBC direct equivalency is listed with a course number General Education elective credit Lists the course discipline code, then the general education code immediately followed by a course-level designation number and a L or U designating lower-level or upper-level credit Elective credit Lists the course discipline code and both a course-level designation number and an L or U TRAN Designation used for disciplines not offered at UMBC

12 Transfer Credit: Understanding the TCR
All grades that end in T are transfer credit Other grades used: P=Pass with a C or better PD=Pass with D or better (default when not specified on transcripts) NC=No Credit CR=Credit—Often used for labs Quarter hour is 2/3 of a semester hour Ex. 4 semester hours equal 2.64 quarter hours, per PeopleSoft conversion General Education Requirement Courses must be at least 2.5 U.S. semester hours in order to receive a General Education designation

13 Transfer Credit: Transfer Policies
If a student transfers to UMBC from a Maryland Community College with 56 or more transferable credits and a completed General Education Requirement package or an Associates Degree (AA, AS, or AAT only) Ds count toward General Education Requirements (if applicable) Remaining General Education Requirements are not waived Bachelor’s Degree from a University System of Maryland institution General Education Requirements are waived Students are still required to satisfy Writing Intensive and PE Ds do not count toward General Education Requirement

14 Transfer Credit: Transfer Policies
When Ds do not count Private Maryland institutions Non-USM institutions Out of state institutions International institutions Current students transferring courses back from any institution once enrolled at UMBC

15 Transfer Credit: Transfer Policies
MHEC mandates that General Education Requirements be honored for incoming students even if a course is not a General Education Requirement at UMBC This includes MD community colleges and USM Universities only No mandate exists for out of state institutions This only applies to students at the initial point of transfer Example courses include: SPCH100, MATH106 , and Nutrition

16 Transfer Credit: Current Students
Current Students taking courses off campus Can only receive General Education Requirements for courses that are similar to UMBC courses with General Education designations Check the undergraduate catalog before recommending off-campus courses for students Check Student’s General Education Requirement Group (GEP/GFR) in the degree audit If not a General Education Requirement at UMBC, it will not transfer as a General Education Requirement Encourage students to submit the VOT at least four weeks prior to enrolling for coursework off campus

17 Transfer Credit: Understanding the TCR
General Education and Elective Credit Examples: ENGL 1L or ENGL L BIOL SL_2L or BIOL SLL CHEM S_3U or CHEM SU TRAN SS_4U or TRAN SSU SPAN L2012L or SPAN L201L

18 General Education Codes
AH Arts & Humanities AHC Arts & Humanities/Culture SS Social Science SSC Social Science/Culture M Mathematics S Science (no lab) SL Science with a lab included LAB Lab component only LL GFR Language other than 201 LC GFR Language/GEP Culture C Culture EN English Composition PE Physical Education WI Writing Intensive L201 201 Level Proficiency

19 Understanding the TCR OR

20 Transfer Credit: Test Credit
Undergraduate Catalog Appendix II Lists the exams and scores which earn academic credit at UMBC The current Appendix II is located at the following link:

21 Transfer Credit: Course Descriptions
Courses designated “INFO NEEDED” Any unevaluated English Composition; Math courses below pre-calculus; courses with ambiguous titles, e.g. Imagination or In Cog Mo Courses that can be used towards major requirements It’s okay to have GenEd electives on the TCR and Degree Audit Students submit a course description or syllabus with a “Course Description Review Form” to Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Information Systems, Physics, Mathematics, and Sociology require a syllabus to evaluate coursework Students cannot request transferred coursework be re-evaluated for Writing Intensive Test Credit cannot be re-evaluated

22 TES Public View Coming in December the public view will allow online access to our domestic articulation database International and study abroad coursework are not included in the system

23 TES Public View Institution List Articulation View

24 Transfer Credit: Verification of Transferability

25 Transfer Credit: Verification of Transferability
VOTs are processed within 2 weeks of receipt Students must pick them up unless other arrangements have been made with Transfer Services Please advise students to submit the VOT at least 4 weeks before the start of the class to allow for further processing if required, e.g. course review Please use the new form only

26 Study Abroad Study Abroad coursework is still posted in the TCR
As of summer 2013 grades will no longer have a T at the end as they are under the UMBC grading basis Ex: a grade of A will not appear as AT Pluses (+) and minuses (-) will no longer be posted AWAY courses will always appear In Progress on the transcripts and Degree Audit The transcripts have a note explaining that coursework is posted under Transfer Credits at the top Grades of D, F, and I are now posted and will affect the GPA


28 Transfer Credit: Questions
If you have questions about Transfer Credit processes or policies, please submit an RT ticket to Transfer Services

29 Degree Audit

30 Degree Audit: Mechanics of the Audit
Degree Audit is an advisement tool that helps students track their progress towards graduation. UMBC Requirements 120 academic credits, GPA, 45 upper-level credits… General Education Requirements AH, SS, Mathematics… Major(s), minor(s), and certificate(s) requirements If incorrect, please have the student submit a Declaration of Major Form to the Registrar’s Office Review the audit with your advisee During registration advising Regular advising sessions After exception/substitution requests are completed


32 Degree Audit: Mechanics of the Audit
120 Academic Credits – Stops counting once a student reaches required credit amount If a student is a dual degree student, they can submit a ticket via RT requesting 150 Academic Credits displays on their audit instead Students earning both a B.A. and a B.S. must follow the GenEd requirements of the primary degree Alphabetical Order – Courses populate in alphabetical order. Sometimes adjustments are needed Cross-listed and FYS – Degree Audit reads these as a match Manual adjustments can be made if necessary

33 Degree Audit: Mechanics of the Audit
Repeated Courses If course is normally not repeatable, both graded and in-progress coursework will appear in the audit. Once in-progress coursework is graded, the lowest grade will be excluded. Be careful when assisting students with their requirements not to include in-progress repeated courses in their totals

34 Degree Audit: Exceptions and Substitutions
Advisors may request Degree Audit exceptions and substitutions for Major, Minor, or Certificate Requirements only UMBC Graduation or General Education Requirements must be petitioned to the Office for Undergraduate Education Any student who requests a Major, Minor, or Certificate exception or substitution will be directed back to the department for verification Substitutions, exceptions, and waivers will appear with notes

35 Degree Audit: Exceptions and Substitutions
Please submit all exception/substitution requests via the RT Ticketing System. Including the following information: Student’s Name Student’s Campus ID or Empl ID The specific Major, Minor, or Certificate Requirement The specific course that is being substituted

36 Degree Audit: Reviewing Audits
Degree Audit serves as a summary of a student’s record. If information is incorrect: Incorrect Major, Minor, or Certificate – Contact the Records Team Missing/Incorrect Transfer Credit – Contact Transfer Services Major, Minor, and Certificate Degree Audits should be reviewed by the academic departments once a year. Any changes to the audit (adding a course to the audit) can be submitted by a designated representative from your department to Degree Audit. Any changes or updates to your department’s audit plan should be discussed with Jennifer Volpe

37 Degree Audit: Additional Codes

38 Degree Audit: Questions
If you have questions about Degree Audit processes or policies, please submit an RT ticket to Degree Audit

39 Graduation

40 Graduation: Phase One - Applications
All students who have 90 credits or more are notified by to apply for graduation. The is sent twice: after application is opened and a week before the deadline. The informs the students to: Contact their department advisor(s) to verify: Major, Minor, and/or Certificate Requirement completion Review their Degree Audit to verify: General Education Requirement completion Correct Major, Minor, and/or Certificate is listed on their record If not, they will need to contact the Registrar’s Office and complete a Change of Major form

41 Graduation: Phase One - Applications
Students who have earned 90 or more credits may file a formal online application myUMBC > Topics > Classes and Grades > Apply for Graduation There is no fee associated with the application Students who are unable to apply online will have to submit a paper application available at the Registrar’s Office Discontinued students will not be able to use the online application and must come to the Registrar’s Office to be activated in SA and given access to myUMBC

42 Graduation: Phase One - Applications
Application Dates and Deadlines May Graduation – February 15th Application available December 15th to February 15th August Graduation – June 15th Application available April 15th to June 15th December Graduation – September 15th Application available July 15th to September 15th Confirmation s are sent to all Graduation Applicants after the deadline Late applicants must come to the Registrar’s Office and submit a Late Applicant paper application

43 Graduation: Phase Two - Reviews
After the application deadline has passed, we run internal reports via REX to receive the list of applicants Departments have access to this list, as well Home > Student Records and Enrollment > Degrees > Details > Graduation Application Status Registrar’s Office prints the Plan Review Forms (Majors, Second Majors, Minors, and Certificates) and distribute them to the departments for review For May 2013 Graduation, we have close to 1900 applicants, and have distributed approximately 3000 Plan Review Forms

44 Graduation: Phase Two - Reviews
Are Major/Minor/Certificate Requirements satisfied? Yes – the student has already completed all the requirements and does not need any credits from the current semester, courses with incomplete grades, or transfer coursework that is not posted Pending – the student will satisfy requirements after a successful conclusion of in-progress credit Specify in the boxes below which courses are required and check C or better if applicable No – the student will not satisfy the requirements even after successful completion of all the credits from the current semester and courses with incomplete grades Specify the number of credits short (required to determine walking eligibility)

45 Graduation: Phase Two - Reviews
Is the student given any exceptions towards meeting Major requirements? If Yes, please indicate the exceptions. Be specific as possible so the Degree Audit Team can ensure the exception is added to the student’s audit

46 Graduation: Phase Two - Reviews
Do not change the Major and/or Minor noted on the form. This information is pulled directly from the student’s record. To update this information, the student must submit the Change of Major form to the Registrar’s Office A list of students who are eligible for departmental honors should be submitted via RT to the Graduation queue or ed directly to Arthur Bezwada and Lydia Jackson-Fryer Please be sure your name and signature are legible Please provide a phone number so we can contact you if questions arise Please return all Plan Review Forms within two weeks or as soon as possible. The earlier we can contact students, the earlier they can correct any issues with their status.

47 Graduation: Phase Two - Reviews
The Registrar’s Office review students for General Education Requirement completion based off of the student’s Degree Audit information All graduation information is manually complied into an internal Access database

48 Graduation: Phase Three - Communication
One of four initial notification letters are sent to students: Pending Optional Major/Minor/Certificate Requirements not met Walking-Eligible Denied

49 Graduation: Phase Four – Posting of Degrees
Final Reviews are done after the final semester grades are posted. Grades of all applicants declared PENDING during the initial reviews will be verified to check if they have passing grades and meet all graduation requirements. After this is done, the degrees are posted by a batch process. As per the university policy, students who have incomplete grades or no-grades will not be approved.

50 Graduation: Phase Four – Posting of Degrees
May Graduation Degrees are posted in the third week of June August Graduation Degrees are posted in the third week of September December Graduation Degrees are posted in the third week of January Diplomas are ordered immediately after the degree is posted. The printers take days to process our orders. Diplomas are mailed to the permanent address on students records.

51 Graduation: Questions
If you have questions about Graduation processes or policies, please submit an RT ticket to Graduation

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